With a shortage of loving, supportive foster homes in our area, and throughout the state, the Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA) is seeking to bridge that service gap. CAPA is now a licensed Child Placing Agency to recruit, train and support resource (foster) families thanks to funding from United Way of the Lowcountry and a recently awarded Victims of Crime Grant (VOCA).
Through this private public partnership between DSS and CAPA, the agency will recruit families in Beaufort County. DSS currently needs over 1,000 more licensed homes. Today we can serve 15 children each night in our Open Arms Children’s Home. However, with the recruitment of just five resource families we can more than double that number. CAPA intends to expand services to the entire Fourteenth Judicial Circuit in the coming years.
What is a resource family?
Also known as a foster family, a resource family is a caring adult(s) with the ability, resources, and willingness to provide a safe and nurturing environment for a child to join their family until reunification is possible. There are five competency categories:
- Protecting and nurturing children (safety)
- Meeting children’s developmental needs and addressing developmental delays (well-being)
- Supporting relationships between children and their families (permanency)
- Connecting children to safe, nurturing relationships intended to last a lifetime (permanency)
- Working as a member of a professional team
Why CAPA’s Resource Family Program?
- We have over 30 years of experience working with foster children
- We provide comprehensive training, case management, and support
- You become a member of Team CAPA
This project was supported by Federal Formula Grant 2017-VA-GX-0040, awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. department of Justice through the South Carolina Department of Public Safety. The Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, coordinates the activities of the following program offices and bureaus: Bureau of Justice Assistance, Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Institute of Justices, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the Office for Victims of Crime. A point of view or opinions contained within this document are those of the author and does not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.